Friday, March 18, 2011

Champions League draw

Chelsea draw Man Utd in UCL quarters

March 18, 2011

Chelsea will play Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-finals in a rematch of the 2008 final in Moscow.
John Terry slip in Moscow
GettyImagesJohn Terry's slip in Moscow broke Chelsea hearts in the 2008 Champions League final
It will be the sixth time the Blues have faced English opposition in a Champions League knockout tie the past seven years and wil give Chelsea's players - many of whom played in Moscow - a chance to avenge the painful penalty shootout defeat three years ago. The first leg will be played at Stamford Bridge.
The winner of the Chelsea v United clash will face whoever emerges victorious from Inter Milan v Schalke, with the reigning European champions handed a seemingly favourable draw after their dramatic last-16 defeat of Bayern Munich.
On the other side of the draw, Tottenham face a first-leg trip to nine-time champions Real Madrid, with Spurs star Rafael van der Vaart given the opportunity to return to his former club.
Should Real beat Spurs, they open up the possibility of a mouthwatering all-Spanish semi-final against favourites Barcelona. The Catalans will take on Shakhtar Donetsk in the last eight - a tough draw for the Ukrainians, who have reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.
The matchdays are:
Quarter-finals: April 5, 6 and 12, 13
Semi-finals: April 26, 27 and May 3, 4
Final (Wembley): May 28

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